11th March 2013, 10:05 PM
Was going potty on command, but has stopped!
At 4 mos., my girl seemed like a model pup, both peeing and pooing on command. She even knew the difference. Now that she's turned 5 mos., not only does she ignore me, but if I keep saying "go potty," she starts whimpering. She also doesn't want to go very often any more. So far, no accidents indoors, but it seems odd that she wants to hold it so long. She used to pee every time I took her out (every few hours and after naps), but now only 4 times or so a day. She gets treats after going, and I praise when she goes, but she even seems disinterested in those things now. She mostly seems to want to smell the spring odors in the air and is very distractable. Is this normal? Any suggestions?
11th March 2013, 10:52 PM
She's growing up. She's going to be able to hold it longer. It's just like a toddler, when they start out they go all the time, and if you get a warning it's very short. But once they learn to control the muscles, and develop some strength to them the times increase. If she isn't having accidents you could try going a little longer between breaks, maybe add an extra 30 minutes between routine breaks, but keep the after meals and after playing potty breaks.
11th March 2013, 11:42 PM
Thanks for the advice. She does seem to be growing up!
12th March 2013, 12:08 AM
12th March 2013, 06:37 PM
Oh my, I have a lot to learn about my cav! The rule of thumb about hours is good to know. I think I was making her upset, carrying on about "go potty" all the time. Can hardly wait for adolescence
15th March 2013, 02:07 PM
I don;t know, if you were there with a treat she was probably trying to do her best to squeeze something out!
The rule of thumb is a rough guide, but handy.
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